"Daring to Be Different" lecture series featuring Patricia O'Hara

Thursday, April 18, 4:00 PM

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Daring to be Different: Creating a Vision for Catholic Higher Education in Challenging Times

Catholic higher education faces serious challenges from multiple fronts over the next few years. Among them are the economic and demographic pressures confronting all institutions of higher learning, and the difficulties of living up to the charge of Ex corde Ecclesiae to serve as an institutional witness to the convictions of the Catholic Church in an increasingly polarized political climate. Meeting these challenges will require from us precisely what we aspire to provide our students: morally responsible leadership, critical thinking, wise action and skillful work to advance the common good.

We invite the St. Thomas community to join us in a sustained conversation about how we can creatively and comprehensively respond to these challenges in ways that will contribute to the university's growing prominence as a leader in Catholic higher education. Over the course of this year, we will be offering a serious of programs in which leaders in higher education from around the country share their varied perspectives and experiences with creative approaches to meeting our common challenges. It is our hope that these programs will serve as a catalyst for community-wide conversations about the future of the university.


Patricia O'Hara, professor of law, Notre Dame School of Law; dean of Notre Dame Law School (1999-2009), first female officer at the University of Notre Dame, vice president for student affairs (1990-1999).

Co-sponsored by the Veritas Institute; The Center for Catholic Studies; The John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought; The University of St. Thomas School of Law; The Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy; The Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions; The David and Barbara Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics; The Center for Ethical Business Cultures

Event Details:
Thursday, April 18, 4:00 PM

University of St. Thomas
Opus College of Business
1000 LaSalle Ave
Moot Courtroom, School of Law
UST Minneapolis Campus
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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